Resurrecting Easter: How the West Lost and the East Kept the Original Easter Vision

Resurrecting Easter: How the West Lost and the East Kept the Original Easter Vision

by John Dominic Crossan, Sarah Crossan


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In this four-color illustrated journey that is part travelogue and part theological investigation, bestselling author and acclaimed Bible scholar John Dominic Crossan and his wife Sarah painstakingly travel throughout the ancient Eastern church, documenting through text and image a completely different model for understanding Easter’s resurrection story, one that provides promise and hope for us today.

Traveling the world, the Crossans noticed a surprising difference in how the Eastern Church considers Jesus’ resurrection—an event not described in the Bible. At Saint Barbara’s Church in Cairo, they found a painting in which the risen Jesus grasps the hands of other figures around him. Unlike the Western image of a solitary Jesus rising from an empty tomb that he viewed across Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, the Crossans saw images of the resurrection depicting a Jesus grasping the hands of figures around him, or lifting Adam and Eve to heaven from Hades or hell, or carrying the old and sick to the afterlife. They discovered that the standard image for the Resurrection in Eastern Christianity is communal and collective, something unique from the solitary depiction of the resurrection in Western Christianity.

Fifteen years in the making, Resurrecting Easter reflects on this divide in how the Western and Eastern churches depict the resurrection and its implications. The Crossans argue that the West has gutted the heart of Christianity’s understanding of the resurrection by rejecting that once-common communal iconography in favor of an individualistic vision. As they examine the ubiquitous Eastern imagery of Jesus freeing Eve from Hades while ascending to heaven, the Crossans suggest that this iconography raises profound questions about Christian morality and forgiveness.

A fundamentally different way of understand the story of Jesus’ rebirth illustrated with 130 images, Resurrecting Easter introduces an inclusive, traditional community-based ideal that offers renewed hope and possibilities for our fractured modern society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062434180
Publisher: HarperCollins US
Publication date: 02/13/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 199,335
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

John Dominic Crossan, professor emeritus at DePaul University, is widely regarded as the foremost historical Jesus scholar of our time. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Historical Jesus, How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian, God and Empire, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, The Greatest Prayer, The Last Week, and The Power of Parable. He lives in Minneola, Florida.

Table of Contents

Prologue: A Tale of Two Visions 1

Chapter 1 Travels in the Realms of Gold 11

Chapter 2 "The Guards Told Everything That Had Happened" 25

Chapter 3 "The Cave of the Anastasis" 45

Chapter 4 "He Did Not Rise Alone" 61

Chapter 5 "So That Posterity Might Be Amazed by the Lavishness" 75

Chapter 6 "The Anastasis, the Joy of the World" 89

Chapter 7 "Rise Up, O Lord; Do Not Forget the Oppressed" 103

Chapter 8 "From the Holy Mountain" 113

Chapter 9 "Let Now the Angelic Choir of Heaven Exult" 127

Chapter 10 "The Victory of So Great a King" 139

Chapter 11 "O Dwellers in the Dust, Awake and Sing for Joy!" 153

Chapter 12 "Declared Son of God with Power by the Resurrection of the Dead Ones" 169

Chapter 13 "So Hope for a Great Sea-Change" 177

Sources of Figures 189

Scripture Index 195

Subject Index 199

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